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Opinion - Columns

  • Columns | August 27, 2012

    Likelihood grows for Israeli strike on Iran

    There is one potential international crisis that frightens leaders in both political parties, perhaps Democrats a bit than Republicans. It is an Israeli attack on Iran, especially if it were to come prior to the election or even during one of the upcoming conventions. There

  • Columns | July 10, 2012

    A review of the wheat harvest

    This year’s wheat harvest is about over, and the reports sound pretty darn good. And, of course it could have been even better with just one more rain back when the flag leaf was waving for it. Reports from virtually all over the state

  • Columns | July 10, 2012

    In what direction will Putin guide Russia?

    Vladimir Putin’s Russia is approaching a critical point.  He faces an increasingly restive populace. People no longer appear afraid of either the government or of Putin.  Second, if comments by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about Moscow supplying Syrian with attack helicopters

  • Columns | July 09, 2012

    Redistricting case’s attorneys’ fees

    With regard to requests for payment of roughly $622,000 in attorneys’ fees stemming from the lawsuit over redistricting, we trust that the judge will follow the law. Kansans can count on that, but simple fairness is another matter. It is often not a prime consideration in

  • Columns | July 09, 2012

    ‘Senate Eight’ primaries pivotal

    In a confusing election year, Kansas voters will have the opportunity to shape the direction of state politics and government. However, in the August primary elections, Republican voters in eight Senate districts will exercise an oversized impact as they decide whether to vote for or

  • Columns | July 09, 2012

    Tuition increases justified but troubling

    The latest round of tuition increases the Kansas Board of Regents approved Wednesday has us wondering where the tipping point is. At what point will college in Kansas — a comparative bargain despite its rising cost — become too expensive for students and their families? That question

  • Columns | June 27, 2012

    A foray into pet food


    From the “Why didn’t we think of that sooner?” department…Kansas State University, long a feed, milling and grain science world leader, is only now going to create a pet food research and teaching department. Of course, Kansas has been home for decades and

  • Columns | June 27, 2012

    Syria presents thorny diplomatic challenges

    If the diplomats we send to represent the United States in other countries and the ones we receive from abroad are smart — and they are — why haven’t we gotten a better handle on the world’s problems? Diplomatic problems are among the most difficult

  • Columns | June 20, 2012

    Redistricting’s winners, losers

    On Thursday, June 7, just four days before the June 11 filing deadline for candidates, a three-judge federal panel hit the “reset” button on legislative districts in Kansas. The federal court’s redrawing of congressional, state Board of Education, and House and Senate maps came after Kansas

  • Columns | June 14, 2012

    The new, high-tech oil wells


    Resting in the aftermath of a rare rain that exceeded one inch and left muddy trails, I was idly watching a cable business news channel when with shocking suddenness onto the TV popped a picture of new high tech oil wells in south central Kansas.

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